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Fact Sheets about the 90th edition!

90th Oscars Information

Number of features eligible for Best Picture this year (90th Oscars, 2017) 341

Number of features eligible for Best Picture last year (89thOscars, 2016) 336

Number of countries submitting foreign language films 92

Number of voting members 7,258 (as of 12/21/17)

Number of ushers / ticket takers inside the Dolby™ Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® 60

Number of Red Carpet fan bleacher seats 735

Number of people who work in the Oscar® telecast production office Approx. 250

Number of production vehicles / trailers (including press and catering) Approx. 100

Number of crew members working during the telecast Approx. 270

Telecast rating and share for 89th Oscars Rating: 18.4 Share:32

How many Americans watched the 89th Oscars? (estimate) Average U.S. audience: 33.0 million

Number of countries in which the 90th Oscartelecast will be seen More than 225

Estimated global viewership of 90th Oscars Several hundred million

Number of Oscar statuettes given out at the 89th Oscars 48

Number of competitive award categories for the 90th Oscars 24 

Awards presented at the Governors Awards on November 11th, 2017 Honorary Awards (Oscar statuettes) to Charles Burnett, Owen Roizman, Donald Sutherland and Agnes Varda; Special Award (Oscar Statuette) to CARNE y ARENA virtual reality installation

Oscars Press

Number of press organizations requesting credentials for 90th Oscars 785

Number of outlets issued credentials for the 89th Oscars 299 Total number press credentials issued for the 89th Oscars (including technical personnel) 1804

Number of still photographers on the red carpet for the 89th Academy Awards 50 Number of TV press for the 89th Oscars, including camera operators, audio technicians and other crew 898

Number of print reporters on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars 35

The Oscar® Statuette Total number of Oscar statuettes presented since the first Oscars 3,097 (includes the 5 Oscars® presented at the Governors Awards event on November 11th, 2017)

Height of Oscar statuette 13½ inches Diameter of Oscar statuette base 5¼ inches Weight of Oscar statuette 8½ pounds

Design: A stylized figure of a knight holding a crusader's sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes signifying the five original branches of the Academy (actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers). No model was used during the design process.

Oscar ® Telecast Best rating and share in the past 30 years Best rating: 34.9 in 1998 (share: 55)

Latest telecast date in the past 20 years March 29, 1999 (71st Academy Awards)

Earliest telecast date in the past 20 years February 22 (81st Oscars held in 2009 and 87th Oscars held in 2015)

Longest Oscar telecast 74th Oscars show, in 2002, with a running time of 4 hours, 23 minutes

Shortest Oscar telecast 31st Academy Awards show, in 1959, with a running time of 1 hour, 40 minutes

Date of first televised show March 19, 1953 (25th Academy Awards)

Date since which ABC has been the broadcaster of the Academy Awards (uninterrupted) March 29, 1976 (48th Academy Awards)

Total number of years that ABC has broadcast the Academy Awards (including this year) 53 (ABC was the broadcaster for a 10- year stint from the 33rd to 42nd Academy Awards, in addition to its current run)

Oscar Venues

Venue that has hosted the most Oscar presentations Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with 25 Oscar shows

Number of Oscar shows hosted at the Dolby Theatre (formerly Kodak Theatre), including the 90th Academy Awards 17

Seating capacity of the Dolby Theatre on Oscar night 3,300

Length of the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre Approx. 900 feet

Width of the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre Approx. 33 feet


Miscellaneous Oscar®

Trivia Person who has hosted the most Oscar shows Bob Hope, with 19 host appearances

Oldest Oscars show poster in the collection of the Margaret Herrick Library 32nd Academy Awards show poster (show on April 4, 1960 honoring films of 1959)

Size of most common set-dressing Oscar 34 in. diameter (base) 7½ feet tall 65 pounds Governors Ball

Date of the first Governors Ball March 26, 1958, following the 30th Academy Awards presentation. Held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in the Grand Ballroom

Number of Governors Balls, including the 90th Oscars 60

Since 1958 the number of times there has not been a Governors Ball 1 (40th Academy Awards) – cancelled after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Size of the The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center 25,090 square feet

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